What is the Failsafe or RPAH Strict Elimination Diet?
Have you ever wondered what a Failsafe diet is or why we have so many foods that contain pear?
Have you ever wondered if or what foods might be causing you symptoms, but did not know how to find out?
Well the FAILSAFE or Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Strict elimination diet may help you to work this out.
These diets are created by two separate groups, but they are essentially the same thing. The Failsafe diet was developed by Sue and Howard Dengate and is based on the RPAH diet. Sue and Howard found this diet helped their own family immensely and now teach and support people how to do it, as well as advocate to food industry for better labelling and less additives in our foods.
The strict version of the diet is very bland and basically involves the removal of all foods with any artificial colours, flavours and preservatives as well as highly coloured or flavoured fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain varying levels of salicylates, amines and glutamates, which are natural chemicals found in those foods. Unfortunately some people who are sensitive to the artificial chemicals are also sensitive to the natural versions too. This may seem crazy, but lots of people find that this diet makes a huge difference to a range of different symptoms.
The idea is that you start with a bland diet and then when you feel like you have achieved enough of a reduction, or removal of symptoms, then you challenge different food groups to work out which foods affect you and which ones do not. It is meant to be a relatively short term diet purely for the benefit of diagnosing food intolerance.
We have a wide range of products in our store that add flavour and variety to the diet to help you get through to the challenge stage.
So what type of symptoms can be caused by food chemicals?
There are so many symptoms that this diet can resolve; headaches/ migraines, eczema, other skin conditions, brain fog, IBS, fatigue that is not resolved by sleeping, behavioural problems and concentration problems particularly in kids, bed wetting, frequent illness and so many more.
Yes many of these symptoms come with other conditions but in my experience a lot of the time when medical professionals don't find any other answers, you can find the answers in the foods we eat.
If you would like to find out more visit the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Clinic Website or Fedup website or join one of the many Failsafe groups on Facebook or blogs.
It is always recommended you find a practitioner experienced in the diet to help you through it to ensure you are doing it correctly and to help you decode the symptoms vs foods eaten as well as to ensure you are consuming a nutritionally adequate diet. It is also important to rule out any serious medical conditions, even if you decide to embark on this process.
- Jenny Trezise